Laser UID Code Marking StandardsThe GAO (U.S. Government Accountability Office) estimated that the Department of Defense could have saved millions of dollars through better tracking of inventory. One method adopted by the DoD was new requirements on part tracking using permanently marked UID codes. Each symbol may use UCC.EAN, ANSI MH 10.8.2 or ATA style descriptors containing items such manufacturer, part number and serial number. Vendors supplying parts to the Department of Defense are required to supply parts with UID Data Matrix.
Industrial PCB Laser DepanelingPCB depaneling (singulation) laser machines and systems have been gaining popularity over recent years. Mechanical depanaling/singulation is done with routing, die cutting, and dicing saw methods. However, as the boards get smaller, thinner, flexible, and more sophisticated, those methods produce even more exaggerated mechanical stress to the parts. Large boards with heavy substrates absorb these stresses better, while these methods used on ever-shrinking and complex boards can result in breakage. This brings lower throughput, along with the added costs of tooling.
Using Lasers for Stripping Wire & CableHigh speed wire stripping has been possible for years, using mechanical means with blades and cutters, or chemical or heat-based solutions. These methods require frequent maintenance to sharpen blades, adjust settings, clean resulting waste, and can also cause damage to the conductor.Laser wire stripping works without contact and leaves the conductive material and shield intact, eliminating weak spots for either breakage or conductor resistance.Lasers Power High Speed Marking and Stripping - PDF
Advantages to Laser Stripping Wire.
Lasers Marking Wire & CableBillions of feet of cable and wire are installed around the world annually, and nearly all of it has some amount of marking requirement. Fast, precise wire marking methods that don't damage the insulation, sheathing, or actual wire/cable is a constant demand. There are a variety of methods on the market, but none come close to the flexibility, precision, and speed of laser wire markers.
Advantages of Laser Marked Wire & CableWire marks are usually a combination of manufacturer information.
With annual sales volume exceeding $60B annually, Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are big business...$60B in 2012 alone. They're found in electronics around the world, from smartphones to supertankers to sweatshirts. There's little that isn't somehow connected to the PCB. With so many applications, and such high sales volume, it makes sense that manufacturers are seeking out ways to speed up production while cutting costs. Printed circuit boards require quite a bit of information on them. 2D and UID codes, barcodes, serial and batch numbers, and.